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Silent Flights May Become a New Option
By: Cindy Wendland
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European airlines are now allowing constant phone calls on flights. You may have the person next to you on their cell phone the entire time you are seated on the aircraft. As impersonal and public as air travel was before, it may now become even worse and even more annoying.

Under the guidelines issued Friday by the European Aviation Safety Agency, European airlines can allow passengers to use electronics during the entire flight, without putting them into "airplane mode." This means that people can be conducting business or talking with their Aunt Bessie while in the air. So if you are trying to read your book, do some work, or take a nap, you might be interrupted by someone talking the entire flight. Be sure to pack a set of earphones to listen to some music.

The people who like to stay in touch at all times will be cheering this new guideline because they won’t miss anything. On the other hand, what is wrong with being “unavailable” for a short period of time? Will the world collapse? Will the deal fall through? Or will people figure out how to handle things in our temporary absence?

Before the use of cell phones and now smartphones, when we got on the plane we knew we wouldn’t be able to talk to friends and family for a period of time. For some of us, it gave us time to recharge and energize. It wasn’t a negative thing. It was a positive thing, because making ourselves too accessible is not necessarily a good thing. Being able to continue that phone conversation is not necessarily a good thing, either. Some of us were taught that it is rude to talk on the phone in public — especially in close proximity to other people who can hear your conversation.

If more flights offer continuous phone service, a demand may develop for silent flights. This would be similar to silent train cars, where cell phones are not allowed. If this happens, count me in.

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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